Elk Grove Vice Mayor Steve Ly's Police Comments Censured By Fellow Councilmen Detrick, Suen

In a stinging rebuke of negative comments he made about the Elk Grove Police Officers Association, two Elk Grove City Councilmen censured fellow council member, Vice Mayor Steve Ly. 

In a joint statement issued today, Councilmen Steve Detrick and Darren Suen condemned Ly for comments he made on Friday to the Elk Grove Citizen. In a story on his loss of the coveted Elk Grove POA's endorsement to one of six rivals in the Elk Grove mayoral race, Ly suggested the POA had engaged in a "backroom deal" to award the endorsement to Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Kevin Spease.

In their joint comment, Detrick and Suen said they issued the censure regarding Ly's comments given the current climate on-duty police officers are facing across the country. They also said they want to reassure Elk Grove residents of the professionalism of the rank and file Elk Grove Police officers.

“With everything that is happening across our country right now regarding law enforcement officers, comments like this undermine the trust of the community in the police force,” Detrick said. “This is not good for our community.”

“I have complete faith in the Elk Grove Police Officers Association,” Suen added.  “I want to assure the people of Elk Grove that we have law enforcement professionals that are protecting their homes, businesses, and families 24 hours of every day.”

Ly, who was first elected to the City Council in 2014 to a four-year term, is one of six candidates seeking to replace Mayor Gary Davis who decided against seeking a third two-year term. Like Ly, Detrick and Suen will appear on this November's ballot for their respective council seats.

This is believed to be the first time sitting Elk Grove Council Members have censured comments made by a fellow council member. Since erupting on Friday Ly, a prolific user of social media, has remained silent on the controversy.  


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